King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women

King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women

King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women
Main entrance
Location 374 Bagot Road, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Specialist
Emergency department Yes
Helipad No
Speciality Maternity hospital
Founded 14 July 1916 (1916-07-14)
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King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women (KEMH) is a hospital located in Subiaco, Western Australia. It is Western Australia's largest maternity hospital and only referral centre for complex pregnancies.

It provides pregnancy and neonatal care within the greater Perth Metropolitan area. In cases where patients have gone to private maternity clinics, they may be moved to KEMH if complications occur. All cases of complicated pregnancy in Western Australia are transferred to KEMH by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.


  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


In 1909, a meeting was convened in Perth by the Edith Cowan and Jane Scott. Between 1910 and 1915 the committee wrangled with the government and raised funds to support the establishment of a hospital. Plans were suggested for building an extra ward at the Perth Public Hospital, or as an adjunct to the Home of Mercy in Lincoln Street, but eventually the site of the Industrial School in Subiaco was chosen.

The hospital was named the King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women as a lasting memorial to King Edward VII, who died in 1910.[1] The hospital commenced operating on 14 July 1916. 101 babies were born in the first 6 months of operation. At the time, the hospital charged a standard fee of £3 3s for 'confinement' and fourteen days of post-natal care.[1]

In 1994 the organisational structure for King Edward Memorial Hospital and the

  • Official website

External links

  • Wynne, Emma (3 February 2015). "A very special place: Perth's 99-year-old King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 

Further reading

  1. ^ a b Cohen, B.C.; Hutchison, R.L. (1966). A history of the King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women : the first fifty years, 1916 to 1966. Subiaco, Western Australia: King Edward Memorial Hospital. 
  2. ^ "Women and children to benefit from health service realignment". Department of Health – Government of Western Australia. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  3. ^ Tricia Scolaro and Helen Archer (14 October 2003). "A One-Stop Shop for Information for the Women's and Children's Health Service".  
  4. ^ "NMHS Hospitals". Department of Health – Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  5. ^ "About King Edward Memorial Hospital Western Australia". Department of Health – Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 


See also

  • Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit
  • BreastScreen WA – a statewide breast cancer screening program
  • Genetic Services of Western Australia – providing clinical genetics and genetic counselling
  • Gynaecologic Cancer Service
  • Sexual Assault Resource Centre – providing a 24-hour emergency service in metropolitan Perth for people who have been recently assaulted, as well as ongoing support and counselling for victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse
  • Statewide Obstetric Support Unit – supporting clinicians delivering obstetric services throughout the state
  • WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program
  • WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit – providing information for consumers and clinicians on the mental health of parents during the perinatal period

In addition, KEMH hosts a number of statewide services as part of the WA Women and Newborn Health Service, including:

KEMH is a tertiary maternity hospital, and provides general maternity for women in its catchment area, as well as handling complex pregnancies from across the state. KEMH has Australia's first milk bank, as well as a comprehensive inpatient service for women suffering from postnatal psychiatric disorders. KEMH also specialises in women's health, and treats over 5,000 patients with gynaecological conditions every year. KEMH is also involved in the training of student doctors and other health professionals.[5]

Family Birth Centre (front) and Agnes Walsh House buildings
Harvey House (front) and Block B buildings


[4] King Edward Memorial Hospital is now home of the state's Women and Newborn Health Service, as part of the North Metropolitan Health Service.[3][2]